Sir, I watched Dennis Johnson play basketball.
Dennis Johnson was a friend of mine.
Dennis Johnson was the NBA's second best guard from 1979-1986.
Adrian Dantley, you are no Dennis Johnson.
Dantley played for seven NBA teams during his 15-year career, scoring over 23,000 points, making six All-Star teams and leading the league in scoring twice. But he never felt that he got the respect he deserved.
Well, what did he ever do besides score to earn that respect?
Did he ever, oh, I don't know, win a Finals MVP award like Dennis Johnson did in 1979?
Speaking of the NBA Finals, did Dantley ever grab 18 rebounds in one game? 15?
Did Dantley ever block 7 shots in one game during the NBA Finals?
Oh I get it. Dantley never made it to the Finals, and it wasn't until the Detroit Pistons traded him away that they made it to the Finals themselves. Kind of odd that he made it to the Hall and the most famous thing he ever did was collide with a teammate and get knocked out of the 1987 championship series.
Did Dantley ever get credited with helping turnaround a championship series by shutting down the opponent's best player like DJ did in 1984?
Did Dantley ever play a lick of D, much less earn nine straight All-Defense honors?
Did he ever hit any big shots that won meaningful playoff games like DJ did over and over and over again?
Despite a career laced with such honors as Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and All-Star, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound small forward just could not stick with a team.
Maybe that's because all he did was score?
Now there's a concept.
Maybe Bob McAdoo will get inducted next year (followed by Dave Kingman in baseball).
Thanks to TK, Bob McAdoo is already in the hall.
Scoring, Scoring Scoring.
Best yet, he scored 18,000 points, just three thousand more than DJ, and he didn't play a lick of D either.
He's even more Dave Kingman than Adrian Dantley.
Give me a break!!!
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